Just One More Sleep, the 13th collaboration between actor Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell, lands at #12 on our picture book list. It’s “a raucous celebration of celebration,” our review said, “and a reminder that good things can be worth the wait.” Curtis reflected on the timing of the book, which arrives on the heels of her lauded roles in Everything Everywhere All at Once and on The Bear, in a prepub interview with PW. “Now I have opportunities I haven’t had before, and I’m taking advantage of them,” she said. “There is a very special place in my heart for the combination of publishing a book about patience and having patience pay off in a very big way.”
A Clear Path
Children’s and YA author Heather Fawcett made her adult debut in 2023 with Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries. The sequel, Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands, lands at #7 on our hardcover fiction list. “Fawcett handily expands the scope of the series, building on all that worked in the first volume and largely doing away with anything that didn’t,” according to our
review. First-week print unit sales also build substantially on those of the first book.
Alex Michaelides’s third novel, The Fury, enters the fray at #3 on our hardcover fiction list; it’s the sixth-bestselling book in the country. “Shades of Agatha Christie and Sunset Boulevard color this outstanding psychological thriller,” according to our review, which deemed it “a character-driven, atmospheric delight.” First-week print unit sales are about on par with his previous release, The Maidens, and more than twice those of his debut, The Silent Patient.
NEW & NOTABLE
I SURVIVED CAPITALISM AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY T-SHIRT
#11 Hardcover Nonfiction
Our review said this “idiosyncratic debut memoir-cum-finance guide” from the founder of the clothing company Tunnel Vision “stands out from the pack.” For one, “her substantial guidance on ‘how to run an equitable business’ is a refreshing alternative to the lip service found in other manuals.”
LEARNING TO LOVE MIDLIFE
#12 Hardcover Nonfiction
The author “celebrates in this sage outing the joys of midlife,” according to our review. “While Conley sometimes hits his message a bit too hard (‘For many of us, life begins at 50. Before that, life is just a dress rehearsal’), his astute and well-informed insights are sure to uplift. It’s a welcome corrective to ageism.”